Sisland Tithe Barn actively takes measures to encourage green sustainable tourism and we are determined to help tackle the problem of climate change. Every time Owl Barn or Orchard Barn is booked, we promise to donate a percentage of the booking fee to Tree Aid.
Tree Aid is an organisation that works with people in the Sahel drylands of Africa to tackle poverty and the effects of climate change by growing trees, restoring & protecting land and improving people’s income.
We donate monthly and also purchase “Gifts that Grow” – a collection of sustainable items ranging from trees to gardening tools. Each donation supports communities across the Sahel to tackle the climate crisis.
We consider we are extremely fortunate to live in such a wonderful place and feel it our duty to be committed to the long-term sustainability of our local area and environment as a whole. We aim to provide good quality accommodation which has a minimalistic effect on the surrounding environment.
- ENERGY CONSERVATION – All of the electrical equipment in Owl Barn and Orchard Barn has an energy rating of either A or B. We use low energy light bulbs and outside, where possible, solar-powered lighting.
- WATER CONSERVATION – We harvest rainwater in butts for watering the gardens. Inside, all the showers are fitted with flow regulators to reduce water consumption and the toilets have flush restriction apparatus.
- WASTE MANAGEMENT & RECYCLING – We recycle paper, glass, tin cans, cardboard and plastic and encourage our guests in Owl Barn & Orchard Barn to do the same. Environmentally-friendly household products are used as well as recycled paper and plastics where possible.
- LOCAL ECONOMY – We are fortunate to have some fantastic suppliers of food and drink in the area, as well as producers of arts & crafts. We encourage our guests to buy local products as they give a true flavour of the area and support the regional economy.
- TRANSPORT – Both Owl Barn & Orchard Barn have a selection of OS maps, books of local walks and cycle routes plus tourist information that encourages guests to explore the surrounding countryside.
- NATURAL ENVIRONMENT – We ask that guests follow the Countryside Code, avoid dropping litter, close gates and follow footpaths. Within our grounds we have bird feeders and nesting boxes and encourage wildlife with the species of plants grown.